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>> right now on newschannel8 at 5:30. >> good evening, i'm stacie schaible. >> i'm josh benson. thans for being with us tonight. >> tonight, hillsborough county sheriffs deputies are trying to get their hands on a dangerous criminal who fought with a deputy and then took off. >> it happened during a traffic
rod carter is live at the sheriff's office with details. hi rod. >> reporter: hey, good evening guys. rain or shine, investigators want to get their hands on this guy and find him quickly. this started with a traffic stop. actually, for a seat belt violation. but, the passenger decided he did not want to get a ticket. and he didn't want anything else. so he fought with the deputy. >> everything happened very fast. >> reporter: deputy steven gutierrez tells me what went down when he pulled over a couple for violation wednesday morning at the stop and shop store on 18th street and 147th avenue in tampa. >> at that point, the passenger was trying to leave. >> reporter: the passenger now identified as 37-year-old rod jer main rayford, knew he was wrong. >> he knew he was wrong. >> reporter: he also knew he was wanted. >> he jumped out of the
that is when a little struggle happened. >> reporter: deputy gutierrez deployed his tazer. >> looked at his hand. made sure he did not pull a knife. >> reporter: the tazer did not work. >> and the subject fled. >> reporter: but in the process of running, rayford dropped his id and they realized he was an ex-con wanted for a parole violation. >> a scuffle happened between them. >> reporter: the clerk at the store gave deputies the surveillance video. >> just happened so quick. and we we there was already the police chasing the guy. they said that he tazed him already. but he couldn't. he was still running behind him. >> reporter: scott wellingger goes to show deputies are faced with life and death decisions an not minutes, but seconds. >> we just do not know what we are up against. at any given time. >> reporter: deputy gutierrez and his wife think of that every single day. >> everything could be totally different. >> reporter: and, once the
his parole violation charge and a brand new charge. battery on a law enforcement officer. josh? >> what about the girlfriend driving the car? >> reporter: well, you know what she did? as soon as the deputy chased after her boyfriend, she backed out. so, as soon as they catch her, she will be facing a new charge too. >> okay. complete circle there. rod carter live for us in hillsborough county. thanks rod. >> yep. the sarasota police department says the city is in first responders are facing a deadly spike in heroin cases and they are pleading for help from the public. it is an update to a story we first reported on monday. and newschannel8's john rogers joins us now live from sarasota and, this epidemic is just getting worse. >> reporter: it certainly is stacie. literally, right before the press conference this morning, they had to give us updated numbers because another person overdosed last night. >> it started slowly. it started when i was young.
seeking the best way to get high. it started with pot. until eventually he was hooked on heroin. >> in my addiction, nothing really matters you know? >> reporter: it cost him everything including his wife and son who left him three months ago. now, he is seeking treatment, but john is one of the lucky ones. >> this is one of the most serious things that we have facing in our community since i have been a police officer. >> reporter: so a heroin epidemic. since july, 44 people have overdosed and eight have died and they are finding more cases of the drugs laced with car fentanyl, an elephant tranquilizer. >> if you do this drug, you will die. >> reporter: this is overwhelming emergency responders and filling up foster homes since many addicts are parents. >> if you are not getting involved in the conversation, get involved in the conversation. the police cannot do it alone.
fellow addicts are not monsters. they are just sick. but he doesn't understand why the dealers are selling car fentanyl. >> it is surprising. why would you kill your customers? it doesn't make sense. >> they are obviously not thinking. they don't care. >> they don't care. right. >> reporter: thompson is out to prove there is is a way out from a life of heroin, but the community need to step up and fight. get this. recently, officials cracked down on a drug dealer who had 88 bags of suspected heroin on him. 88 little mini baggies. when they analyzed each bag, there was no heroin. it had the elephant tranquilizer. so, this threat is real. it is killing people. if you know someone who is stuck in this addiction, please get them help. >> serious stuff. all right, thank you john. for the first time, a 911 call placed from inside the pulse nightclub during the shooting has been made public. you can hear a terrified man talking to a 911 dispatcher
2:00 a.m. the identify of the caller is not known nor is it known if he survived by all of the names and phone numbers and recordings were redacted. from algae blooms to possibly contaminated drinking water, environmentalists are not happy about florida's water issues. >> now the latest crisis has some groups getting political and calling on lawmaker to do more. we sent reporter matt galka to see what they want. >> reporter: the latest environmental crisis florida, the mosaic fertilizer plant sink hole which dumped more than 200 million gallons of contaminated water into the florida aquifer has people up in arms. the florida conservation voters say lawmakers are not doing enough to hold polluters accountable. >> hopefully, lawmakers will be paying attention, and not just sort of speaking platitudes to voters. about their great environmental records when, really, over the
can legitimately claim to have great records. >> reporter: earlier in the year, algae blooms caused a stink in south florida. now, a group of stake holders will look to tackle the state's biggest water problems. business leaders, lawmakers, environmentalists will participate in a water forum in central florida on thursday and friday. associated industries of florida is hosting the event. they are trying to preach patience. >> last year, they passed a comprehensive water bill. a good scie to walter here in the state of florida. i think these people need to relax and start letting that bill take effect. >> hopefully, they will have some legitimate scientists who are there to help inform all of the lawmaker who's are there about what some viable solutions look like. >> reporter: water issues are expected to make a major splash during the 2017 legislative session. matt galka, newschannel8. the florida conservation voter said the bill the
million a year for everglades restoration, and $50 million a year dedicated to florida springs is a step in the right direction. moffet cancer center is getting recognition. it got the highest designation comprehensive cancer center with excellence in research. governor scott was there for the renouncement. it is comprehensive centers in the united states. still ahead, a pair of bay area bank tellers stepped up to save the life of one of their customers. >> how their quick actions helped this woman live to tell about her stroke scare. hear their heartwarming story straight ahead. >> the judges have spoken. and now, our team of the week had one player that single handedly outscored last week's opponent alone. i will show you how the rest of the squad rallied around him coming up. >> feels like summer but it
>> welcome back. someone in the u.s. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. >> acting fast when a stroke is occurring is the key to survival. and thanks to two bank materials in tarpon springs, one of their regular customers live today tell about her stroke. >> i noticed by her demeanor something wasn't right. she didn't look 100%. i canned her if she was feeling
crystal kitchens is talking about florence. one of her regular customers at this region's branch. florence came through the drive through to cash a check and kitchens noticed something wasn't right. >> she was mumbling a little bit. i had ha hard time understanding her. >> reporter: kitchen called her friend and head teller renee over to get her opinion. >> there was drooping in her face and she was slurring her words. >> reporter: a tad stubborn when they asked her to come inside the bank to get a drink of water and cool down. >> i was wondering what they were doing. why. that's all. >> reporter: so, renee went to stall florence while kitchens called for help. >> i called 911. and, after i got the phone with them, they said not to give her water or food. keep an eye on her.
fine and wanted to go home. >> reporter: sure enough, the ambulance came. >> and, they confirmed with us that she was having a stroke for sure. >> reporter: and thankfully for florence, these two acted on their instincts and called for help fast. florence is suffering no aftereffects from the stroke. and boy, is she grateful. >> so what do you think of these two? >> well, they are my angels. i wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them. >> nice story. and that's the reason we do walk every year is to let you know the people who are really impacted by heart disease and stroke. the 2016 heart walk is right around the corner. newschannel8 again trying to raise $100,000 or more, but we need your help. fuccillo kia is matching the first $50,000 we raise so every dollar you donate counts as 2. go to wfla.com/heartwalk to join my team.
home for a paralympic athlete who won silver. kendall had both legs amputated after a plane crash in 2003. he got emotional talking about the support he has received. >> this means so much to me right now. um, to have all my family and friends here, all the hard work that we have all put been incredible. and i can't thank everybody enough. >> kendall lost his father in that plane crash. he says he thought about his dad every day while competing in rio. well, in a game, they needed to win against their cross town rival, the nature coast sharks ran up the score and mauled the central bears. now, here is newschannel8's double a, anthony allred, with more on how they became our team of the week. >> i believe our people will
town rival, the nature coast sharking were looking to run up the score and hang more than half a hundred on the central bears. >> passes to start the game with them both and we never looked back. i'm a big believer if it is not broken don't fix it. >> reporter: using the ground and pound attack, the sharks offense ran for more than 570 yards. had two players score a combined seven touchdowns the sharks ran rough shots over the bears the entire game. >> i love all of those guys you know. on the o line. they are cool teammates, good athletes. good students. i'm proud of them because they put us in a position to score. that is what they were supposed to do. >> reporter: the only way i can describe the defense is as a bull shark. aggress ily hunting down its prey. >> it is a big win. it is good to finally show them what we can do. >> reporter: nature coast sharks, holler at me!
after the quarterback, mauling the central bears for four quarters. and that offense scored 59 points to win the game. it was a total team effort. and that is why your newschannel8's team of the week. >> yeah! >> yeah! [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: congratulations to the nature coast sharks. newschannel8's team of the week. >> any time we get any kind of recognition from anybody like you guys, we are very grateful just to try to get ou out there a little bit more. >> nature coast. >> ! >> go! >> reporter: with the nature coast sharks, anthony allred, newschannel8 sports. well, on the nature coast here at crystal river, 87 degrees now with the northwest wind at 4 miles an hour. the plantation, gorgeous as always, nice sunny day there.
afternoon. 89 degrees. we have a north wind at 4. a mix of clouds an sunshine. this is just south of the gande on the tampa side of the bay. at land o' lakes, 90 degrees. bright sunshine. 47% relative humidity. here, keep in mind, you are looking at the first day of fall. not that it is a big deal. it is not really a huge deal in the state of florida. it gives us a nice view and a nice juxtaposition of what is happening up north. 89 at the beaches. friday night football is cu night. 86 degrees. slim rain chance, staying warm. 83 degrees at halftimement can't rule out the slight possibility of showers in some areas, but probably not for most. and just be warm out there as the first game of the actual officially fall. average temperature today, 88 degrees. the average temperature october 1, 87 degrees. the average temperature november 1, 81. you get the idea. by december 1, 75 degrees so we are definitely headed down. but we get into late september, start to think it should cool
it just doesn't happen. we get a little disappointed but eventually, it happens the second or third week of october. the edge comes off summer. showers, thunderstorms, as you see a few of them leftover. not many lightning strikes. we have this area. lake placid seeing mostly rain. this stretches back into the southern sections of de soto county. nice shot from tony this morning. you can see plenty of sunshine. a few clouds. a warm start. 84 this evening. a few showers in the inland locations. 8:00 a.m. another sunny start to the day. 86 degrees at noon. 91 degrees at 4:00 p.m. kind of a hit or miss shower rain chances are actually slightly below our averages. 87 degrees now, tampa international airport. we are always look ago that number, the dew point, 74 degrees, very high humidity. 87 degrees in downtown saint petersburg. dry here. moist here aloft. this making a difference in the way showers have developed. it is not drier at the surface.
humidity in place. we have several tropical systems. we have talked about that in all the news cast. we look at where tropical weather starts. close tore the florida peninsula. the gulf of mexico. the caribbean as the waters are still warm. as the cold fronts start to come down, they bend the storms further to the east which we try to avoid in the october season. that is what we hope to as i said, we don't want anything here on the west coast of florida. as the cold fronts and dig in, historically, that has happened. let's keep our fingers crossed. friday morning, nice start to the day. partly cloudy skies. warm temperatures. not many showers developed. a 20% chance over the next several days which is below our average. saturday morning, partly cloudy skies to start the day. 20% rain chance there in the afternoon. now, deeper tropical moisture out of the south. the drier air hanging around here tall way into saturday which is why we are running lower rain chances throughout this period.
chance on saturday. 30% on sunday. high temperatures near 90 degrees. upper 80s for monday and tuesday. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. mostly for the afternoon. as we add a bit more moisture back into the atmosphere. seasonal rain chances are about 30% this time of year. we are beemployee normal on the rain chances the next couple of the days. that allows a lot of sunshine and warm temperatures. guys? >> thank you much for that. it was an unusual pursuit way up north. >> yeco going to show you how police track down this four legged trespasser. >> remember, you can join jenn holloway, julie phillips, and me for newschannel8 at 8:00 on
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>> now to wh headlining across america. an ex-aide for hillary clinton was a no-show at congress to testify about his boss' e- mails. pagliano has refused to appear at two separate congressional committees though he did speak with the fbi. the matter goes to the full house for a vote. it is unclear if anything will come of it. and check out this dangerous suspect, police in alaska spent the day chasing.
he made tracks afternoon town. you can see the black bear wandering all over the area. he even made a stop at pizza hut. they did eventually catch hitch and released him back into the wild. >> interesting. all right, newschannel8 at 6:00 is coming up next. >> and keith is here with a look at ha we are working on. >> governor rick scott facing tough questions from 8 on your side today. we wanted to know why the dep kept a sink radioactive water leak secret from the public. you will hear what he had to say about their silence. >> plus, one woman's touching gesture to show support. what she made by hand for lakeland police officers. >> a tampa man is facing charges for allegedly lying under oath. i will show you his resume that the sheriff is saying is made up. >> the saint pete housing authority is about to buy back jordan park meaning you paid for it twice. and at least one person at city
>> right now on newschannel8 at 6:00. >> a dirty secret exposed by 8 on your side. why the governor is defending the dep. >> and accused of being an expert fibber. how this guy's made up resume could put several court case at risk. >> plus, you could be paying for it twice. what saint pete officials decided to do after our investigation. i'm stacie schaible. >> i'm keith cate.
8 on your side questions governor rick scott about a crater cover up. he has plenty to say about protecting the environment, but has no explanation on why they clammed up about the sink hole in polk and hillsborough counties. the governor wants you to know florida's department of environmental protection is monitoring the effects of the sink hole that dropped radioactive water into the aquifer. >> but it is what he didn't say about dep's lack of transparency environmental nightmare that has senior investigative reporter steve andrews interested. >> reporter: you know, we know and we reported dep is all over the sink hole business. what we don't know the why the agency charged with guarding our environment kept this contaminated secret. fact. this sink hole opened august 27. fact. it dumped 215 million gallons of radioactive water into the